Police in Chongwe this morning blocked UPND President Hakainde Hichilema from viewing the dried up Chongwe River.
Mr Hichilema, in the company of his party officials had gone to Chongwe to get facts on the ground on the water situation in the area and to work out a plan to ensure water for the people is availed through various means.
The police however moved in quickly and stopped Mr Hichilema from proceeding with his mission stating that he did not have a police permit to view the river.
Mr Hichilema however explained that his visit to Chongwe was to get facts on the ground to enable the party work out possible means of helping the affected people.
He said is disappointed that the Police vehemently insisted that he had no right to visit such places as they are run by the government.
“We couldn’t hold back our compassion arising from widespread reports on how our people in Chongwe district of Lusaka province are suffering due to lack of safe and clean drinking water. Their only source of water, the Chongwe dam has nearly dried up due to drought and other factors related to disturbances of forest reserve recharge areas,” Mr Hichilema said.
“Unfortunately while sympathizing with our people, Police citing the POA stopped us stating that we needed to obtain a police permit in order for us to see how our people are suffering from hunger and thirst. We however advised the officers that we were not fighting them but merely assessing what we could do for the communities which included themselves, to ensure they accessed safe and clean drinking water.”
“Additionally, we stated that our visit was to get facts on the ground to enable us work out a plan to ensure water for our people is availed through various means including sinking boreholes, but the Police vehemently insisted that we had no right to visit such places because they are run by government,” he said.
He added, “Fellow citizens, this is what our country has been reduced to. We would like to state however that no one will stop us from working for the suffering citizens and as such, we will continue striving for the greater good of everyone, including the Police themselves.”